Summary: Rounding out Sony's "W" series of ultra-compact and durable models for 2008 is the 8.1-megapixel DSC-W130 and 7.2-megapixel units. Both feature a 4x optical zoom, 2.5 inch LCD screen, Face Detection AF, Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization, etc. Newly-available on the W-series cameras is Sony's "smile shutter" mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles - without having to press the shutter.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130 is a compact, 8.1 Megapixel camera.
It features a 4X optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, 2.5" LCD
display, face and smile detection, a VGA movie mode, and more. The W130 is
one of five models in Sony's W-series of compact cameras, and if you want to
see what differentiates all of them, have a look at this chart:
Pros: Very good photo quality; ISO 800 still usable, 4X optical zoom lens with nice 32 - 128 mm zoom range, Optical image stabilization, Compact metal body comes in your choice of silver, black, or pink, Good outdoor and low light visibility on the 2.5" LCD display, Optical viewfinder (though it's tiny), Snappy performance, Well-implemented face detection and Smile Shutter features, Elaborate playback mode includes redeye removal tool, special effects, and fancy slideshows,...
Cons: Noise reduction smudges fine details, even at ISO 100 (though it's not too bad), Redeye a big problem (but at least you can fix it), Low resolution LCD, Weak flash, Clunky user interface (I'm talking to you, Home menu), No manual controls, 10 minute movie clip limit, Flimsy plastic door over memory/battery compartment; can't access memory card while camera is on a tripod, Very slow battery charger included, Not much built-in memory; full manual only on CD-ROM
Summary: : The Sony Cybershot W130 is very "point and shoot" friendly - the camera produces great results in almost every situation - and provides features designed specifically for taking photos of friends and family with face detection and smile shutter technology. The camera has some more advanced features such as exposure bracketing, but unfortunately lacks manual white balance which can be useful for artificial lighting.
Pros: Very good image quality - excellent colour, 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, Excellent 2.5" screen - works well in bright sunlight, Compact metal body, Very good macro mode, Good value for money, Quick performance - 2fps continuous shooting, Focus assist lamp, Face detection focus, Smile shutter technology, Some advanced features such as exposure bracketing (upto +/- 1.0), Optical viewfinder, Low purple fringing
Cons: Average battery life, Uses expensive Sony Pro Duo Memory cards (when will all manufacturers use SD?), Lacks manual / custom white balance, Slightly soft images
Excerpt: Stylish and User-friendly: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W130 The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W130 boasts a host of powerful and intelligent Sony technology to produce outstanding quality images, so you can relax and shoot photos wherever and whenever it takes your fancy.